Country 105

Country 105


Agriculture Report

Zombie Bees now in Canada

By Fadi Didi

Expert says Bees with the Zombie fly parasite are concerning, but not surprising.


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Statistics Canada has released its final total farm income figures for 2014 and six provinces posted average farm income increases.

Statscan says farm operators in Newfoundland and Labrador earned the highest average total farm income that year -- 110,691 dollars.

Operators in Alberta _- at 108,743 dollars -_ and Saskatchewan -_ at 105,292 dollars -_ were second and third.

Ontario was one of the four posting a drop, coming in 1-point-1 per cent below 2013.

Off-farm income accounted for just over 49 per cent of the total income of farm operators in 2014, up from a little over 48 per cent in 2013.

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A biology professor who tracks a devastating bee parasite says a beekeeper in B-C has recorded the first case of the parasites in Canada.

John Hafernik at San Francisco State University says the infection of Nanaimo beekeeper Sarah Wallban's bees with the Zombie fly is concerning, but not surprising because it is native to North America and has targeted other native wasps and bumblebees.

However, it appears only recently to have turned its attention to honey bees introduced by Europeans.

Hafernik says the big question is whether the bug has spread through B-C to Alberta and possibly Ontario.

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Winnipeg-based Richardson International is spending 120-million dollars to upgrade its canola processing plant in Lethbridge, Alberta.

The facility currently processes about 450-thousand metric tonnes of canola a year.

The company says in a release that the upgrades will push annual capacity to more than 700-thousand tonnes.

Richardson says that between its plants in Lethbridge and Yorkton, Saskatchewan, it will eventually have the capacity to process more than one-point-seven million tonnes of canola per year.

 

 

 


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